If you've not seen any of the talks, I'd highly recommend taking a look. They can be found on the Warwick RAG Facebook page and a list of the resources suggested throughout the day can be found in this post.
The morning involved some discussions with members of Warwick LitSoc and Amnesty International. It was a chance to think about how White my education has been and how I could further my education to include a more diverse set of experiences. The members of Amnesty also discussed different forms of activism and projects currently ongoing to tackle racial discrimination.
The overarching theme of both discussions was the importance of education in fighting racial injustice and that just taking the time to learn a little bit more about the lives of others can make a big difference and discussing what you learn with others can make an even bigger difference!
The importance of education was further highlighted in the afternoon with talks by Dr Lydia Plath, Ruva Knight, Dr Schroeder and Dr Simon Peplow.
Through these talks, we learnt about the history of racism, the portrayal of People of Colour in music, a little about the life of a man who escaped slavery, and more about the relationship between the police and black people in the UK.
The afternoon was really thought provoking with some ideas expressed that seemed to turn the current national narrative on its head. Learning about the history of racial discrimination and the different stats at play was really eye-opening and I plan to look at the suggested resources to further my understanding of the topics involved. It was also interesting to take a look at the representation of Black People in media, especially in media created by Black People themselves, especially in hip hop.
Overall, the day was very insightful and it is definitely worth watching some of the talks or looking at some of the resources suggested. If you want to take some action, do take a look at the links on the Black Lives Matter event page where you can find some petitions you could sign, and places you could donate to.